Travel From the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea when PBS airs “The Story of China”

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18 June 2017
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The Story of China
Courtesy of Mick Duffield
“The Story of China”
Premieres June 20 from 8 to 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check your local listings)

 
        Host Michael Wood explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.
 
         In the opening June 20 episode from 8 to 9 PM, search for the roots of today’s China with Wood, who joins a family reunion on “Tomb Sweeping Day”; sees the first Chinese writing and the first city; meets the bloodthirsty First Emperor; and travels with a million pilgrims to a country festival.

 

          In the second June 20 episode from 9 to 10 PM,  explore China’s first international age under the Tang Dynasty as Michael Wood travels Silk Road deserts; sails the Grand Canal; describes the coming of Christianity in the streets of old Xi’an; and goes back to school in a dusty Chinese town!

          On June 27 from 8 to 9 PM, learn about China’s Renaissance under the Song Dynasty. In Kaifeng, Michael Wood hears the story of the boys who became emperors; tries a 1,000-year-old recipe; works a giant astronomical clock; and dances with the locals by Hangzhou’s West Lake.

         In the June 27 9 to 10 PM episode, hear the story of China’s most famous dynasty. Michael Wood visits the Great Wall and the Forbidden City; sails the South China Sea on a junk; visits a fabulous Chinese garden; and travels to Macao with the first Jesuit missionary to China.
 
 

 
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